Centre County adult center seeks funds, donations to finish renovations

State College, Pa. -

Centre Region Parks and Recreation is looking for donations and funds to help make their Active Adult Center even better for its seniors. 

The Active Adult Center moved to its new location in the Nittany Mall at the beginning of the year, but some renovations still need to be made.


"Again the wall, we're thinking of the wall to give some privacy which is really huge, electrical also. We have no light switches in here so anybody that uses the building has to go back to the breaker box," Active Adult Center Supervisor Cindy Stahlman said.

 

Stahlman said since moving into the new location from downtown State College, they've been able to offer more programs but things have been difficult.


"We still have conflict of programming. We have so many programs. On Monday we have over…between 100-120 people come through. And when we have activities in the the far corner, we have bridge. And we might have five or six tables going, and if I try to do a program on this side, with the microphone it's disruptive. So it's like we're doing the programming but we're trying to do quiet programming with invisible walls," Stahlman said.

 

Expenses for remodeling the site for the first time were under $300,000, which were funded through taxpayer dollars, a loan and grants.


"Our kitchen was done through a grant project and some donations for in-kind work and that kept those costs down," Centre Region Parks and Recreation Director Pam Salokangas said.

 

Costs for the rest of the renovations are estimated to be around $100,000, but will all have to be funded through donations and money raised.


"We're looking to do two large fundraisers at the center in 2018, and continue to work with individuals and corporations in the community to continue to fund this," Salokangas said. 


So far more than $30,000 of that $100,00 has been raised. 
 

You can contact the Centre Region Parks and Recreation at (814-231-3071) or crpr@crcog.net for more information on how you can donate.


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